I love making my own bread. There’s something quite humbling about mixing the dough, letting it rise, waiting as the hearty grains bake and fill the house with their warmth drifting from the oven and into all of the present noses.
Fresh baked bread is one of my favorites for the upcoming holiday season. It seems to set the mood for the rest of the meal, and bakery rolls and buns will never beat rolls and breadsticks that just popped out of the oven and are still steaming as you pull them apart.
Perhaps you have a favorite bread you’re planning to serve, or maybe you’re nervous at the prospect of making your own. Fleischmann’s Yeast is here to help you conquer your bread baking fears and head on into the kitchen. Embrace the challenge and try something new this year, either a new spin on a classic or just a spin around the kitchen to get baking.
“Breads are a great way to change up holiday meals. People have an emotional connection to family recipes, so you may not want to change any major meal items, but additional breads are always welcome at the table,” said Diane McElroy, test kitchen manager for Fleischmann’s Yeast. Check out more recipes on Bread World, and if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with the bread-baking phenomenon, call the Fleischmann’s Yeast hotline: (800) 777-4959 or fill out the contact form.
100% Whole Wheat Breadsticks
2-1/2 to 3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
1/3 cup non-fat dry milk
1 envelope Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Mazola Vegetable Plus! Oil
1 egg white
Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, gluten, dry milk, yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl. Heat water, honey and oil to very warm (120 to 130°F). Add egg and water mixture to large bowl. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour by hand to make a moderately stiff dough.
Turn out on lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let dough rest 10 minutes.
Roll dough into 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut lengthwise into 16 strips. If shorter bread sticks are desired, cut each strip in half. Twist and place on greased baking pans. Note: strips can also be left flat or formed into bows, numbers, letters, knots or other decorative shapes. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Brush over bread sticks. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, garlic salt or coarse salt, if desired. Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from baking sheets immediately. Serve warm.
Makes: 16 long breadsticks or 32 short breadsticks
Cheesy Onion Rolls
2 envelopes Fleischmann’s Active Dry Yeast
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup warm milk (100° to 110°F)
1/2 cup very soft butter
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
5-1/2 to 6 cups bread flour
2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese blend
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup dried chives
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
Combine yeast and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Let stand 5 minutes to soften yeast. Add sugar, milk, butter, salt, eggs and 3 cups flour. Beat for 3 minutes with electric mixer until smooth; gradually add remaining flour until a soft dough is formed. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead 6 to 8 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to coat. Let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
Punch down and turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Let rest about 5 minutes. Combine cheese, onions, chives, and garlic powder in a bowl. Divide dough in half and roll each part out to a 15 x 12-inch rectangle. Spread each rectangle with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise and sprinkle with half of cheese mixture. Roll, starting at long side, and seal edges. Slice each roll into 12 slices and place (cut side up) in two well greased 13 x 9-inch baking pans (12 rolls per pan). Cover and let rise 45 to 60 minutes, until doubled in size.
Bake in preheated 375°F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Serve warm.
Photos courtesy of Fleischmann’s Yeast